Top 10 Psychological Manga of 1993


1. Tekkonkinkreet: Black & White

Action, Psychological

Orphaned on the mean streets of Treasure Town, lost boys Black and White must mug, steal and fight to survive. Around them moves a world of corruption and loneliness, small-time crooks and neurotic police officers, and a band of sadistic yakuza who have plans for their once-fair city. Can they rise above their environment? Surreal manga influenced by European comics.


2. After Us

Drama, Psychological

This Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize for Excellence follows the story of Jeremy, who is sexually abused by his stepfather. Mentally disturbed by this, Jeremy goes down a path of murder - however he accidentally finds himself the murderer not only of his stepfather, but also his own mother.

Soon his stepbrother, Ian, begins to suspect him, as well as discover the twisted truth about his own father...


3. The Kindaichi Case Files

Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Supernatural

Kindaichi (frequently with best-bud, Miyuki) travels to various places where a murder has taken place, typically involving ghosts, curses, myths and folklore of significant events from the distant past, and solves the mystery using ingenious deductions of curious clues and his cool magic.

(Source: Tokyopop)


4. Zashiki Onna

Drama, Horror, Psychological

One night, mild-mannered college student, Hiroshi Mori, bumps into a woman visiting his next-door neighbor. A large, creepy woman, she has long hair, wears a coat and carries shopping bags in both hands. He had never seen her before. But then, without warning, the woman starts stalking Hiroshi, shifting her attention from his next-door neighbor whom she had been visiting to Hiroshi himself. Who is she and what is she after? Originally published in 1993 - before the term "stalker" was acknowledged in Japanese society, this well-written horror manga is about a young man pursued by a mystery woman. Serialized for just ten weeks, this short, single-volume manga unusually become a hit bestseller, selling a staggering 400,000 copies. Regularly chosen as "the scariest manga ever" in magazine horror specials.

5. Kanashimi no Machi

Drama, Romance, Psychological

6. Lineage

Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Psychological, Romance

A threat has been made against young Prince Deporojue of Aden. Sent away for his own protection, he soon discovers the culprit is none other than the dangerously ambitious King himself. A stepfather and enemy to the Prince, this usurper looks to secure a permanent position on the throne by killing his stepson. But with the help of his late father's friends, the Prince fights for his rightful throne...and vengeance!

The original manhwa which inspired the NCsoft game Lineage!

(from mangaupdates)

7. The House at the Dangerous Hill

Sci-Fi, Psychological

A “psychological sci-fi mystery,” which features an alien appearing in unexpected places in contemporary Japan. While Hagio is characteristically careful in her use of science, these tales, like most of Hagio’s are ultimately more about psychological issues, and individuals overcoming trauma, fear, and insecurity in the process of forming bonds with each other.

(source: matt-thorn)

8. Yugo

Action, Adventure, Drama, Psychological

Yugo Beppu is a master negotiator and mediator. Fluency in five languages, Socratic wit, and a deep understanding of human nature combined with top-level international connections make him a formidable operator. When a woman's father is seized by Dacoit bandits in Pakistan, Mayuko seeks Yugo's help. After complex and dangerous negotiations, he secures his release. After this success Yugo is called in to deal with yakuza in Japan, triads in Hong Kong, the IRA in Northern Ireland, and the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Siberia.

(Source: MU)

9. Sukishiki Yuujoujutsu

Drama, Romance, Psychological

1) Unmei no Hito (運命の人); Magazine Be x Boy 1999/03
Sensei always looks out the window and sees a student running. There, he started falling in love with him. But the sensei has a fiance and drama starts when the student also falls in love.
2) Pre Sukishiki Yuujoujutsu (PRE好き式友情術); b-BOY 11 1993/10
3~5) Sukishiki Yuujoujutsu (好き式友情術); Magazine Be x Boy 1996/05~07
Hiraiwa and Harui are best friends and neighbors. Hiraiwa loves Harui very much, but Harui always says that its "None of his business" or, "I don't care." Suddenly, Hiraiwa has to take a tough decision between leaving Harui to work in Osaka, or stay in college with Harui.

(Source: MangaFox, edited)

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